Writing two pages is easy. I mean, I've written way longer than that just for fun. All of the sudden, though, when it actually matters, my inspiration is all dried up. I'm graded on not only how good my essay, but also how long it is, which when you think about it, doesn't make any sense.
a. There's a reason why some of the best poems are short and sweet. One of my favorite poets wrote a poem that was just two stanzas long, and it is by far my favorite of his.
b. There's a reason why all of the best quotes are a sentence or two long. Sometimes, you're not looking for a long winded lecture- just a smart, funny quote that can make you laugh even on one of your worst days.
c. There's a reason why short stories are so beautiful. If you can capture the true meaning of a topic in just a few pages, then that's more valuable than a hundreds of pages of plot and knowledge.
So if the best things can be short, then why can't I have a one page essay? I had all of the guidelines, the right organization, and an interesting introduction paragraph- all in one page.
Even so, to be perfectly honest, I couldn't care less about the difference between amphibians and reptiles. You can teach me everything about a topic, give me five hundred reasons why it should interest me, and then top it off with a lecture on how this essay will greatly affect my grades. I still don't care.
I can write a two page, single spaced, list on each reason on why I simply don't care about amphibians. I'll go an a crazed research information hunt, scouring the web for why we shouldn't assign essays. I'll write a formal letter to the school, respectfully complaining about why I have to write two pages on the difference between amphibians and reptiles.
You still can't make me care.
So I ask the question: Why is my one page essay still not good enough?